While taking oath, the President of Maldives showed his colors and said – withdraw your soldiers
The new President of Maldives has shown his true colors as soon as he took oath. A day after Maldives’ newly elected President Mohamed Muizz was sworn in, Earth Sciences Minister Kiren Rijiju met the representative of India. Where President Muizzu made a formal request to the Indian government to withdraw its military personnel from Maldives. The Office of the President of Maldives said President Muizzu acknowledged the vital role of the two helicopters in carrying out several medical emergency rescue operations. The Government of India has confirmed that when President Muizzu met Minister Rijiju, he raised the issue of presence of Indian military personnel in Maldives for medical services and air operations to combat drug trafficking.
According to the report, Indian government sources said it was agreed that the two governments would discuss practical solutions for continued cooperation through the use of this platform. Because it works in the interest of the people of Maldives. Sources said President Muizzu acknowledged the contribution of these Indian helicopters and aircraft in providing medical aid to the citizens of Maldives. They also agree that international tourists stay on remote islands. He appreciated their role in monitoring and combating drug trafficking.
Earlier Arindam Bagchi had raised questions
Official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Arindam Bagchi, while replying to questions on Maldives on October 18 last month, had said that in the last 5 years, our soldiers have taken more than 500 people to hospital in medical emergencies. Due to which the lives of 523 people of Maldives have been saved. Similarly, during the last 5 years, more than 450 multi-dimensional missions have been conducted to safeguard the maritime security of Maldives. Of these, 122 missions were conducted last year while 152 and 124 missions were conducted in 2021 and 2020 respectively. India is the first country to provide assistance to Maldives in the event of any disaster, including the recent Covid pandemic.
It is noteworthy that Muizu’s opposition alliance has come to power riding on the ‘India Out’ campaign. He defeated President Abu Salih, considered a friend of India. Newly elected President Muizzu is seen as a representative of former Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen. Who has been pro-China during his tenure between 2013 and 2018.